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From Terrorism to Television
Dynamics of Media, State, and Society in Pakistan

ISBN 9780367425821
Published August 4, 2020 by Routledge India
216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book unpacks the media dynamics within the socio-cultural, political, and economic context of Pakistan. It provides an in-depth, critical, and scholarly discussion of contemporary issues such as media, state, and democracy in Pakistan; freedom of expression in Pakistani journalism; Balochistan as a blind spot in mainstream newspapers; media control by state institutions; women and media discourses; TV talk shows and coverage of Kashmir; feminist narrative and media images of Malala Yousufzai and Mukhtaran Mai; jihad on screen; and Osama bin Laden’s death on screen, to understand the relation between media and terrorism. The book covers diverse media types including TV, radio, newspapers, print media, films, documentary, stage performance, and social media.

Detailed, interdisciplinary, analytical, and with original perspectives from journalists as well as academics, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of media studies, Pakistan studies, politics and international affairs, military and terrorism studies, journalism and communication studies, and South Asian studies. It will also interest general readers, policy makers, and those interested in global journalism, mass media, and freedom of expression.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1

Walking in Circle: Democracy, State and Freedom of Expression in Pakistan

Qaisar Abbas and Farooq Sulehria


Chapter 2

Journalism in the Service of Jihad

Faizullah Jan


Chapter 3

Jihad on Screen: The Role of Jihadi Drama, Film and Their Press Coverage, 1979-89 in Islamising Pakistan

Farooq Sulehria


Chapter 4

The Politics of Pity and the Individual Heroine Syndrome: Mukhtaran Mai and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan

Fawzia Afzal Khan


Chapter 5

TV News as Merchant of War Hysteria: Framing the Kashmir Conflict in India and Pakistan

Qaisar Abbas


Chapter 6

Performing Piety and Sexuality in Pakistan

Afiya Shehrbano Zia


Chapter 7

Cost of Doing their Job: The Online Harassment of Women Journalists

Ayesha Khan


Chapter 8

Counterterrorism Perspective and the Pakistani TV Channels: A Case Study of Osama bin Laden’s Assassination

Amir Hamza Marwan


Chapter 9

The Journey of Pakistan’s Oscar-success A Girl in the River: An Insider’s Account

Haya Fatima Iqbal


Chapter 10

What Freedom? Reflections of a Working Journalist

Farah Zia


Chapter 11

Covering the Periphery: Balochistan as a Blind Spot in the Mainstream Newspapers of Pakistan

Adnan Aamir


Chapter 12

Interviews with I. A. Rehman, Mehdi Hassan, and Eric Rahim: Freedom of Expression and the Sham Democracy

Qaisar Abbas and Farooq Sulehria



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Qaisar Abbas is Advisor, SMU Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA.

Farooq Sulehria is Assistant Professor at the Department of Liberal Arts, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.